We brought home our new puppy almost two months ago :)
He is a mixed breed (shelter puppy) and all black. We are thinking lab/golden mix because he looks JUST like a flat coated retriever with probably some sort of Collie since he is not as big as a standard lab (about 40-45 lbs).
When he came home he was on science diet dog food and we switched him over to nutro max since that is what I have been feeding my other pets for years. Their large breed puppy is beef based, and it made him throw up so we got the standard Max puppy food.
He seemed to be tolerating it in that he was not throwing up and he eats it fine but I am noticing some things now and starting to wonder:
*shedding... when we brought him home he was not shedding AT ALL. Now I am finding dog hair all over the place. Its not that I don't expect hair, its the change that I am concerned about.
*biting... he is biting at his legs, front and back, a fair amount lately. He did not do this before, and I know itching legs/paws is a symptom of food allergy
*coat... he had a beautiful shiny coat when we brought him home. His fur is still nice and full and pretty, just not as shiney as it was a month ago. I have also started to notice some more dander.
I am hoping to keep my price range about the same; $40 or so for a large (35-40 lb) bag.
Does anyone have any ideas for us? Thank you!